Marrying away from home is a great way to ensure your wedding day is completely one-of-a-kind. But where to go? With so many options out there, finding the right place to say “I do” can be an overwhelming task. That’s why we’ve asked California Wedding Day‘s Editor-In-Chief, Lara Burnap, for her take on the latest destination wedding hot spots.
Before booking your flight, Burnap offer these tips to keep in mind. “Obviously, you want your wedding dress ready to go,” says Burnap. “The last thing you want to do is find a seamstress in some city you’re not familiar with.” When your destination is tropical, Burnap suggests packing sundresses and have your outfits planned way in advance of the trip.
“Don’t be fooled by the setting and keep your arms and shoulders covered,” she says. “You don’t want to ruin your wedding photos with images of you sunburnt or with unwelcomed tan lines.” And when selecting a destination, always compare wedding packages. “Most places will even include a wedding coordinator for you, ” says Burnap.
Mexico has always been a popular place to host weddings and according to Burnap, the city to make things “official” is Tulum. “Tulum is becoming such a hot spot that I know of four wedding planners setting up branches of their services there,” she says. “A lot of the resorts offer all-inclusive packages, whether you are looking at 40 wedding guests or 150.” With the beautiful ocean has a backdrop, you really can’t go wrong. Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa offers three wedding packages to choose from.
If there is ever a location synonymous to weddings, it is Hawaii. The islands are primed to cater weddings and with new resorts continuously being built, there is surely a place that will fit your bridal style. Burnap suggests checking out the Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort and The Four Season Lanai that just underwent a complete overhaul. Also offering great packages is the Ko Olina Hawai’i that is right by the Aulani Disney Resort & Spa. If there are kids in the wedding party, they will love it.
For some, traveling out of the country for their wedding can seem too overwhelming. According to Burnap, couples prefer their weddings be held closer to home. Tahoe is a great place for west coast brides. “You still get a unique experience but the overall commitment for your wedding guests is manageable,” says Burnap. Here’s a summery wedding held at Lake Tahoe that California Wedding Day covered that is both rustic and gorgeous.
For those that prefer their wedding to include a bit of action, Burnap suggests Costa Rica has a place that combines luxury and adventure. “Costa Rica offers so many different outposts for zip lines and adventurous weddings,” says Burnap. The Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo has on-site event planners with golden sandy beaches and rugged hillsides as your setting.
Finally, Burnap includes Fiji on her wedding destination list. With spectacular scenery and beautiful palm-fringed islands, Fiji is a great place to explore. The beachfront resort Nanuku, An Auberge Resort has an amazing wedding package that includes a couples massage. What better way to start your marriage? “But make sure to pack that sunscreen,” Burnap adds.